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No further military support: Berlin meet backs Libya truce

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Filed on January 20, 2020 | Last updated on January 20, 2020 at 05.54 am
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(AP file)

"I hope the commitments made today will contribute to a lasting solution to the Libya crisis," Guterres said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday the participants at Berlin summit agreed to provide no further military support to the warring parties while a ceasefire lasts, Merkel said after about four hours of talks.

"We agreed on a comprehensive plan forward," Merkel said. "I can say that all participants worked really constructively together."

She added that the participants would continue to hold regular further meetings to ensure the process continues "so the people in Libya get their right to a peaceful life".

"I cannot stress enough the summit's conclusion that there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters in Berlin.

"I hope the commitments made today will contribute to a lasting solution to the Libya crisis," Guterres said.

Merkel hosted leaders from 11 countries outside Libya as well as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and the Arab League.

Libya's two main rival leaders, Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj and Gen. Khalifa Haftar, also came to Berlin.


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